African swine fever,
China (People's Rep. of)
Information received on 19/08/2018 from Dr Yu Kangzhen, National Chief Veterinary Officer , Veterinary Bureau , Ministry of Agriculture , Beijing, China (People's Rep. of)
Report type Immediate notification
Date of start of the event 15/08/2018
Date of confirmation of the event 19/08/2018
Report date 19/08/2018
Date submitted to OIE 19/08/2018
Date event resolved 17/10/2018
Reason for notification First occurrence of a listed disease
Manifestation of disease Clinical disease
Causal agent African swine fever virus
Nature of diagnosis Clinical, Laboratory (advanced)
This event pertains to a defined zone within the country
Related reports Immediate notification (19/08/2018)
Follow-up report No. 1 (07/09/2018)
Follow-up report No. 2 (07/09/2018)
Follow-up report No. 3 (14/09/2018)
Follow-up report No. 4 (08/01/2019)
New outbreaks (1)
Outbreak 1 Baofu Village, Haizhou District, Lianyungang, Jiangsu
Date of start of the outbreak 15/08/2018
Outbreak status Resolved (04/10/2018)
Epidemiological unit Farm
Affected animals
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Swine 14686 615 88 14598 0
Affected population After ASF occurred in Lianyungang City in Jiangsu Province, control measures such as blockade, killing and disposal and disinfection were applied, in accordance with the requirements of “the Contingency Plan for ASF” and “ Technical Regulation on ASF Control (Trial)”. After affected pigs were killed in the affected areas, no new outbreaks and positive samples have been found for the 6 consecutive weeks in surveillance and monitoring. Local animal husbandry and veterinary authorities organized the acceptance for laboratory tests and on-site assessments in the affected areas. The results of the acceptance were in compliance with the regulations on the blockade lift in the affected areas, and the ASF outbreak was solved. The local government decides lifting the blockade at 00:00 o’clock on 4th of October 2018. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs requires the local animal husbandry and veterinary sectors to continue to strengthen the surveillance and monitoring and take active prevention and control measures, as to prevent the recurrence of ASF.
Summary of outbreaks Total outbreaks: 1
Total animals affected
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Swine 14686 615 88 14598 0
Outbreak statistics
Species Apparent morbidity rate Apparent mortality rate Apparent case fatality rate Proportion susceptible animals lost*
Swine 4.19% 0.60% 14.31% 100.00%
*Removed from the susceptible population through death, destruction and/or slaughter
Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection
  • Unknown or inconclusive
Epidemiological comments After the African swine fever (ASF) outbreak, a supervision work group was promptly dispatched to the Jiangsu Province by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs. Strict blockade, disinfection, killing and disposal of the animals and relevant contaminated materials, and movement control measures were conducted in the farm. The local government launched the African swine fever contingency plan and emergency response according to the Standards & Protocols for ASF. All live pigs and animal products were prohibited to enter and exit the area.
Control measures
Measures applied
  • Disinfection
  • Zoning
  • Stamping out
  • Official disposal of carcasses, by-products and waste
  • Official destruction of animal products
  • Quarantine
  • Traceability
  • Screening
  • Surveillance outside containment and/or protection zone
  • Movement control inside the country
  • Vaccination permitted (if a vaccine exists)
  • No treatment of affected animals
Measures to be applied
  • No other measures
Diagnostic test results
Laboratory name and type Species Test Test date Result
China Animal Health and Epidemiology Center, National Research center for exotic animal diseases (National laboratory) Swine real-time PCR 19/08/2018 Positive
Future Reporting
The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.
Map of outbreak locations